Young Artist Competition

Perform with the PSO!

Congratulations to the 2022 winner of the Young Artist Competition, Sean Jang and to the honorable mention, Hannah Rubin. Sean will be performing the Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius with the Portsmouth Symphony on June 5 at the Music Hall. 

We would also like to congratulate everyone who participated in the Young Artist Competition this year at Riverwoods.


How to apply: 

  •  Complete the online form
  • Submit video link of contestant with accompaniment
  • Sealed letter of recommendation from current or most recent instructor (email from instructor is acceptable)
  • $25 non-refundable application fee made out to Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra (application fee can be waived; if in need please contact PSO)

Applicant must perform a single movement or equivalent (approximate guideline: 8-12 minutes) of a concerto with standard orchestra. The orchestral accompaniment must be available on IMSLP. Please email with questions about these requirements.

Postmarked or emailed no later than April 15, 2023, to:

Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra Att: Competition

PO Box 8391, Portsmouth, NH 03802

All video submissions will be viewed by a panel of judges. 

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Congratulations to 2021’s winner, Vincent Xiao, piano.

“Vincent was chosen for his large range of colors, moods, and many varied voicings which created an impressive, dramatic performance.” – John Page, Music Director

Below you can watch his winning video entry where he performs piano concerto No. 2 in c minor, Op. 18, I. Moderato, by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Congratulations also to our other notable contestants who impressed the judges with their fine performances.

2. Place: Jaehyun Park, violin


Honorable Mention for Musicality: Brian Son, violin